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Party Wall Questions #4

Saturday, 12th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question I recently arranged to meet a Building Owner’s surveyor on site to prepare a schedule of condition only to find that the foundations to the proposed rear extension had already been excavated and cast. In light of recent case law were we within our rights to produce an Award authorising the excavation work retrospectively. No ... Read more >>

Leasehold Valuation Calculations – 2 Worked Examples

Saturday, 12th March 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Over the course of the last few posts we have tried to explain the process of granting a new lease under the terms of the Leasehold Reform and Urban Development Act 1993. We’ve looked at the various elements that have to be taken into account in calculating the premium that the lessee will have to pay to the freeholder and thought that it was ... Read more >>

In my last post we said that we would start to look at how ‘The diminution in value of the freeholder’s interest in the subject property’ is calculated. Generally there will be two elements to take into account. This will be the loss of the income from the ground rent and the loss of the potential reversion at the end of the original ... Read more >>

Plus ça change

Wednesday, 9th February 2011 | by: Peter Barry

We wrote a few weeks ago about how things haven’t changed that much in the residential property in the last few decades.  Just recently we carried out surveys of two flats in London which illustrate this point quite dramatically. Both properties were one-bedroom, purpose-built flats in medium rise developments. They were both located in ... Read more >>

Categories: Surveying

Party Wall Questions #3

Tuesday, 1st February 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question Can a Building Owner cast a new mass concrete foundation above and alongside the projecting concrete foundation to an existing party wall and connect the two foundations with a dowel (known as ‘overpinning’) without serving notice? This is another question that was raised at a recent FPWS North London forum meeting which I ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #2

Wednesday, 26th January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question An Owner of a terraced house wishes to convert his original first floor balcony to an additional room. The balcony is built against an original party wall which is enclosed on the Adjoining Owner’s side - the balconies were built on the same side of each house in the terrace. Would Section 11(11) expenses be payable to the Adjoining ... Read more >>

Party Wall Questions #1

Saturday, 22nd January 2011 | by: Peter Barry

Question An Owner plans to add an additional floor to the back addition of his late Victorian terraced house by raising a studwork wall against the existing party parapet wall (see sketch below) – does he have a right of access on to the roof of the Adjoining Owner’s property to apply hanging tiles/flashings? Could the Adjoining Owner ... Read more >>